City Council Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Some Council Members may be phoning in for the Council Meeting.
Election time is fast approaching. We are inundated with ads for President and state and federal representatives. Our local representatives run a much quieter campaign. Cities, townships and counties also have elected representatives. They can be called Councilors, commissioners, or board members. All of these representatives do the same type of work. I am going to focus on the City Council.
“What does the City Council do?” I am so glad you asked. Let me tell you.
In the City of Carlton, the Council is made up of 4 councilors and 1 mayor. The Mayor is elected for a two (2) year term and the Councilors are elected for 4 year terms. These 5 elected individuals work together as the legislative authority for the City.
And now what does that mean?
It means that you get to select the people you want to give direction to the City.
The council passes ordinances (rules), shapes the City's goals and plans major projects and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use and finance.
The best part of this is that Councilmembers answer to the residents of the City.
So what is the difference between Councilor and Mayor?
The Mayor has the same roles and powers as the Councilors as well as a few unique responsibilities. Two of these are that the Mayor serves as the official head of the City and presides over council meetings.
Neither the Mayor nor any Councilor has the authority to make decisions on their own. All 5 need to work together in decision making.
So, I voted. Do I have any say in what happens now?
Yes, you do! You can attend Council Meetings so you know what is happening. You can talk to your Councilors and the Mayor so they know your opinion.
NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
To the Electors of the City of Carlton, in the County of Carlton, State of Minnesota:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: A General Election will be held in all precincts of the City of Carlton on Tuesday, the 3rd day of November, 2020, at which time the polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm for the purpose of electing candidates for the following offices:
Mayor - Two(2) Year Term
Two (2) City Councilors - Four (4) Year Term
Inflow and Infiltration Compliance Ordinance